MBL History and Philosophy of Science Lecture: Why Do We Want Science to be Revolutionary, and Should We?

Date(s) - 07/28/2012
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Candle House 104/105

MBL History and Philosophy of Science Program Presents:
Why Do We Want Science to be Revolutionary, and Should We?

Saturday, July 28, 10 AM – 12 PM
Candle House, Room 104, 127 Water St., Woods Hole

A panel will carry this discussion further, asking what are scientific revolutions and why we think we want them. The session will look at the historical and philosophical framing of our understanding of scientific changes called revolutions, and at what we mean by incommensurability. Then we will consider the implications for science for the future: how institutions such as NSF have explicitly emphasized “transformative research,” what the director of a research lab looks for in supporting science, and a case study of how a concept has become “real” and apparently “revolutionary.”

Panelists include:

Jed Buchwald, California Institute of Technology:
On how revolutions can be recognized

Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Leibniz University of Hanover:
On how revolutions are different

James Collins, ASU, Affiliate Faculty MBL:
On NSF merit criteria for transformative research

Gary Borisy, President and Director, MBL:
On choosing the best science when there is so much that is good

Manfred Laubichler, ASU, Affiliate Faculty MBL:
The case of Eric Davidson’s Gene Regulatory Networks, from idea to revolutionary science

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